It looks like Outriders generated enough of a wave for Square Enix to be happy about it. In an announcement, Square said that Outriders had more than 3.5 million players during the first month of release.
“With over 3.5 million unique players, average playtimes of over 30 hours and extremely high engagement for co-operative play, we and the amazing team at People Can Fly are so excited with this initial success,” said Jon Brooke, co-head of studio at Square Enix External Studios.
“Launching a new game IP is never easy and we remain very grateful for the community’s support and feedback – we continue to listen carefully and want to assure everyone that we are committed to improving and enhancing the experience in the coming weeks and months. We also look forward to expanding on Outriders in the future.”
Seeing an average playtime of 30 hours is great, especially considering how many games get shoved to the sidelines a few hours in. Outriders had some issues, like connecting to friends and loading into the game, as well as a bug that deleted your loot that was around for a good while. But it also was a new sci-fi RPG, and I was left wanting more Outriders when I was done with the story. Now that we know it was a success, we just need to wait.
If you missed out on Outriders and want to hop in now, Square Enix is running discounts on all platforms for the next while.